First Look: Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Showtime Documentary w/ The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Questlove & Many More

Posted January 14, 2016


I told you days ago that Spike Lee was working on a documentary for ‘Showtime’ to center around Michael Jackson and the early stages of his solo career. Now we have an official first look and more details on the project. Via Indiewire:

SHOWTIME will debut the world television premiere of Spike Lee’s latest documentary, “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall,” on Friday, February 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with multiple plays throughout the month on-air, on demand and over the internet.

The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, “Off The Wall.” Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. The portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”

“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” contains a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and in his own words. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson.

Watch the first look now below.

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